To My Husband in Quarantine on Day 18

I know that you are feeling better when you are beginning to annoy me again. The moment you first noticed fever, you disappeared behind a closed door and designed a strict plan involving zero contact with our family. After 18 days of quarantine in our bedroom, where a mere five-minute FaceTime call weakens your entire…

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Children May Be Afraid of Masks. Here’s How to Help.

When you go out these days, if you must go out in this time of coronavirus, you see more and more masks — homemade fabric masks, surgical masks of all varieties, and the occasional high-tech mask that seems to have wandered out of a scuba sequence or a space movie. But for some children, even…

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Your Coronavirus Cooking Needs Condiments

Listen to This Article Audio Recording by Audm To hear more audio stories from publishers, like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android. At the start of the pandemic season, when isolation was new, my family scoffed at my peanut butter sandwiches slathered with sriracha, shingled with pickles. Then they ate them…

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Coronavirus Updates: Chinese Citizens Returning From Russia Fuel New Spike

Here’s what you need to know: An unexpected new source of coronavirus infections in China has emerged: Russia. ImageA photo released by China Daily, a state newspaper, shows bed frames being brought to a makeshift hospital in Suifenhe, a Chinese city on the border with Russia.Credit…China Daily, via Reuters A surge of Chinese people returning…

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N.F.L. Bows to Marijuana’s New Status

The 10-year labor agreement between the N.F.L. and players union that was ratified on March 15 is filled with dozens of incremental changes, most notably the one-percentage-point increase in the share of league revenue that the players will receive. One of the biggest overhauls in the agreement, though, was a change the league had long…

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Enrique Olvera’s Satisfying, Adaptable Vegetable Soup

In high school, the Mexican chef Enrique Olvera was known to his friends as Pozole. The word, which means “hominy” in Spanish, derived from the Nahuatl “pozolli,” is also the name of a traditional Mexican soup or stew made from shelled kernels of corn, pork and garlic. When Olvera opened his first restaurant in Mexico…

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OSU research program awarded $12.7 million grant for Superfund research

CORVALLIS, Ore. — An Oregon State University-led research program has been awarded a $12.7 million grant to serve the Pacific Northwest by studying harmful chemicals found at federally designated hazardous waste sites. The Oregon State University Superfund Research Program received the five-year grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The program has now…

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Super-charging drug development for COVID-19

Researchers are ramping up production of a promising drug that has proven effective in obliterating SARS-CoV in cellular cultures. The team hopes that the drug might also be effective in the fight against SARS’s close genetic cousin, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Led by Northwestern University and ShanghaiTech University, the team has produced the promising molecule,…

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Fruit may mask taste of dark green vegetables in commercial baby foods

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Commercially prepared baby foods that purport to be loaded with dark green vegetables are sweetened with fruit puree and often don’t contain a high percentage of dark green vegetable content, according to a team of researchers. The resulting lack of dark green vegetable taste matters, said team leader John Hayes, associate…

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NIH BRAIN Initiative tool helps researchers watch neural activity in 3D

Our ability to study networks within the nervous system has been limited by the tools available to observe large volumes of cells at once. An ultra-fast, 3D imaging technique called SCAPE microscopy, developed through the National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Technologies (BRAIN) Initiative, allows a greater volume of tissue to…

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